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No-hitter for Bailey

Wed., July 3, 2013

Reds starter Homer Bailey no-hit the Giants on Tuesday, his second no-hitter in 10 months. (Associated Press)
Reds starter Homer Bailey no-hit the Giants on Tuesday, his second no-hitter in 10 months. (Associated Press)

Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Bailey (5-6) became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer — still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.

“Every dog has its day twice, I guess,” Bailey said. “It felt good to do it front of the Cincinnati fans.”

Bailey walked Gregor Blanco leading off the seventh, the only Giants batter to reach base. First baseman Joey Votto threw out Blanco as he tried to advance from second to third on a grounder.

With 27,509 fans on their feet chanting “Homer! Homer!” Bailey finished it off by getting Brandon Crawford on a high comebacker, striking out Tony Abreu and retiring Blanco on a grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier.

Clearing he bases

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